We reached the end! Leverage: Redemption 1×16 “The Harry Wilson Job” brilliantly closes season 1 of this show, marking a before and after for several of the characters…and leaving us wanting more. Time for review!
Here we go!
Leverage: Redemption 1×16 “The Harry Wilson Job” is so frantic that we don’t know where to start our review. But we think the best way forward is with Harry. This episode is like a second part of the previous one so it is his again. We did well to trust Harry, things got very dark but he was always on the right side, he even sought help to take down these particularly bad boys.
It’s a pleasure to see Hardison again, especially to see him with Parker, seriously, these two need to get married now! And it was a nice surprise that he and Harry were working together from the beginning. Part of me wishes Harry had told the team all of this much earlier and they had come up with a plan all together but another big part of me understands that this is something Harry needed to do alone.
He needed to prove to himself that he could say “no” to that path and choose the right path this time, no matter how tempting it was to revert to old habits. That is the reason why he didn’t confess to the team what he was doing and I like it because it talks about his growth as a person, it is a turning point for him. And I was delighted to see him beat his former bosses. Satisfaction is the right word here.
I also understand the lack of confidence of the team here, because everything pointed to Harry but a part of me would have liked them to trust him more, to know better, just like Sophie did, because if any of them had been in the same situation that Harry, I find it difficult to believe that they would have reacted the same. Although, playing the devil’s advocate here, this team is relatively “new” and they still don’t have the same trust with the new members that they have with each other.
Love the “Harry” moment between Sophie and Mr. Wilson.
Leverage: Redemption 1×16 “The Harry Wilson Job” is also a turning point for Eliot and Maria. In the end, as we discussed, she had to know the truth … just that nothing turned out the way we wanted. What both feel is not enough, sometimes love is not.
Maria loves him, she loves him very much, she loves his scars but loves more that he fights to heal them, but her work, her principles, are the basis of who she is. Knowing that Eliot works outside of those principles, even though he fights for them, is… too much for Maria. She cannot understand or bear it right now.
She knew Eliot was hiding something from her but she never figured out what the truth was. And now that she knows… she feels like it’s too much. Although I don’t think it’s always like this. Maria right now is shocked, confused, everything she believes in is confronted with the truth that she just discovered about Eliot. Right now, Maria needs to get away, understand, reflect in order to open her mind and get to know the team and what they do.
But now Maria needs to be alone for that.
So I don’t think for a second that Eliot and Maria are done for good. She needs some time to digest all this and when she does, what she feels for Eliot will be stronger and she will open up to know the team, what they do, how they work. And time will tell from there.
The end of Leverage: Redemption 1×16 “The Harry Wilson Job” breaks our hearts into a thousand pieces. As we smile for Sophie’s return, we cry for Harry’s departure. He can’t go. He found a new family, he found himself again, and we believe he found his place in the world.
But we understand that he needs to find out what he wants to do now that he has found himself again. He needs to know what is the best path for him from now on, we just hope that he soon realizes that the team is that path.
As for Sophie, we are proud of her, she’s already there, right where Harry will arrive, throughout Leverage: Redemption season 1, she found herself again, found her place after Nate’s death and she realized that the team, her family, is the place where she belongs and wants to be. She so she stays.
Only Harry is missing for the team to be complete. If there is a new season – crossing fingers – will we see him again? I bet yes.
It was a pleasure to share with you all that Leverage: Redemption has to offer us. It is a show full of nostalgia but also of possibilities… and I loved sharing those same feelings with you. Although this is not over yet, to close our coverage of the show with a flourish, on Tuesday we will publish our exclusive interview with Christian Kane and Beth Riesgraf. Thanks for being there, you’re amazing!